ASUS P8Z68 V PRO (Intel Z68 chipset) review
Intel is closing a gap with the Z68 chipset. A chipset that has the full feature set of BOTH the H67 and P67 chipsets and then it also has a little surprise in store. With the Z68 Intel also introduces Intel Smart Response Technology, which allows you to use a SSD to cache a large volume HDD, it's a bit of a hybrid mode, a symbiosis of the two to gain on static storage performance. Next to that most Z68 motherboards will get the ability to switch in-between the processor IGP and a dedicated graphics card. That means you could use the Sandy Bridge IGP for seriously fast transcoding, yet once you want to play a game your dedicated graphics card, that 3D accelerated solution will kick in. Pretty cool stuff, in theory.
In this 24 page review we'll not just look at the motherboard, but also look at and test Intel's SSD cache technology called Smart Response Technology. Next to that we'll peek at the all new Lucid Virtu mode.
Read the full review right here.
ASUS Radeon HD 6770 DirectCu and HD 6750 Formula Graphics Cards
ASUS announced the launch of the new self-designed HD 6770 DirectCU and HD 6750 Formula graphics cards. Both are equipped with the ASUS-exclusive Super Alloy Power technology that delivers a 15% performance boost along with a lifespan that is 2.5 times longer than conventional graphics cards.
The HD 6770 DirectCU features copper pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU to offer a 20% cooler performance than reference graphics cards, while the HD 6750 Formula
YouTube will be serving Movies
The new movies will begin rolling out today with titles being added throughout the week. They will include several of the most recent releases including Inception, The King
EVGA 3 GB GTX 580 HydroCopper 2 Graphics Card
EVGA released a GeForce GTX 580 FTW HydroCopper 2 3GB GDDR5 graphics cards, the card comes with core clock frequencies of 772 MHz GPU, 1544 MHz on the shader processors, and 1002 MHz (4008 MHz effective) on the gDDR5 memory.
It's kind of weird as this 3GB model is clocked significantly lower then its 1.5GB counterpartat 850/1700/4196 MHz (core/shaders/memory effective). Then again, this design is single slot.
As you can see eVGA makes use of a SwiftechHydroCopper 2 full-coverage water block which comes pre-fitted, along with an EVGA GTX 580 backplate.
The 3 GB EVGA GTX 580 FTW HydroCopper 2 is priced at US $739.99.
Google reveals Android 3.1
ComputerWorld reports Google unveiled Android 3.1 and revealed that the next version of Android (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich) will run on phones and tablets.
The Android 3.1 update, which begins today to Android tablet devices, includes an Open Accessory API (application programming interface) to integrate Android apps with accessories for musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics and more. It also supports a USB host mode to allow applications to manage USB peripherals such as stereos.
At the same time, Android 3.1 allows input from mice, joysticks and gamepads, and allows developers to create home-screen widgets that can be resized. A full list of new features can be found at the Android Developers site.
Club3D debuts 1200W 80Plus Silver PSU
Club 3D B.V. announces the introduction of the 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS as the new top of the line of its award winning Switching Power Supply Series.
The new Club 3D 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS is a real powerhouse and allows you to combine all lately introduced hardware in your high end system and play the most powerful games without risking any lack of power.
The new CSP-X1200CS gives you the power you need with the efficiency that is required on today
Hitman: Absolution announced
Epic Talk Samaritan & The Future Of Gaming Graphics
Lian Li PC-U6 Cowry Mid-Tower
Lian Li today launches the all-new and extremely stylish special edition PC-U6 Cowry: an all-black, PC case with design characteristics of a seashell. This unique PC chassis provides users with a computer case that exhibits personality and craftsmanship while breaking free of simply being a box to house components. Inspired by nature, the Cowry appeals to a very specific niche. It is not meant to be hidden under a desk but instead incorporated into its surroundings as a part of decoration and reflection of taste. Until now, PC chassis with unique designs have been marketed towards gamers. With the Cowry an entirely new demographic will begin looking at how their computer case can act as an artistic expression.
The PC-U6 Cowry is extremely versatile with plenty of build space. Users can mount three 3.5
OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSD
OCZ Technology Group unveiled the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. The Agility 3 and Solid 3 are designed to cater to speed-seeking enthusiasts in search of the better value for performance.
Using the latest technology, these new series deliver nearly double the performance of the previous generation and offer a more cost-effective alternative to current SATA 6Gbps SSDs on the market.
NVIDIA buys baseband and RF technology specialist Icera
NVIDIA announced the acquisition of Icera, a company specialized in baseband and RF technology. Icera is an innovator of top-performing baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.
Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. By combining the companies' products and technologies, including NVIDIA's Tegra processor, NVIDIA will enhance its position as a leading player in the growing mobile market.
The acquisition, for $367 million in cash, has been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to be completed, subject to customary closing conditions, in approximately 30 days. The transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive on an operating basis through the first half of calendar 2012, and accretive on an operating basis in the second half of calendar 2012. This expectation does not take into account significant revenue synergies that the companies anticipate.
By offering the two main processors used in smartphones (the application processor and baseband processor), the combined company will help OEM customers both improve their time to market and deliver the requirements of next-generation mobile computing. NVIDIA will also have approximately doubled its revenue opportunity within each device.
The market for baseband processors is one of the fastest growing segments of the technology industry, worth an estimated $15 billion a year. Icera will be able to leverage NVIDIA's momentum in the smartphone and tablet markets to capitalize on this growth.
CEO Quotes "This is a key step in NVIDIA's plans to be a major player in the mobile computing revolution," said Jen-Hsun Huang, President and CEO of NVIDIA. "Adding Icera's technology to Tegra gives us an outstanding platform to support the industry's best phones and tablets.
"Icera is a perfect fit for NVIDIA. Our businesses are complementary. Icera has the right team, with a strong, proven track record. And their nimble, entrepreneurial, engineering-focused culture mirrors our own," he continued.
Huang added that NVIDIA intends to continue to collaborate with its existing baseband partners and respect its customers' preferences in combining application and baseband processors.
Stan Boland, President and CEO of Icera, said, "NVIDIA's Tegra processor has the most impressive roadmap in the industry, and it is an ideal match for Icera. As part of NVIDIA, we will be able to reach a broader market. Our team has collaborated closely with NVIDIA for several years on a range of projects, and we're delighted to be joining forces."
Background on Icera Icera is a pioneer in next-generation, multi-protocol wireless baseband processors with RF components. Its technology scales from 2G to 4G networks, using a custom-built, ultra-low-power processor. Because the baseband is software-based, manufacturers can develop multiple products from a common platform, reduce development costs, accelerate time to market and secure a route to support future baseband standards.
Icera's third-generation Livanto line of chipsets delivers the industry's fastest data rates, cuts user wait times, reduces battery drain and supports multiple standards on the same hardware. And its forthcoming Espresso(R)450 and Espresso(R)500 line of platforms provides industry-leading performance for 2G, 3G and 4G networks, low-power optimization for voice and high-speed data, and the industry's smallest form factor. Its portfolio of products will expand significantly in the near future.
Founded in 2002 and based in Bristol, England, the company has approximately 300 employees in seven countries in Europe and Asia, as well as the U.S. It was established by a group of senior executives with strong, shared backgrounds in microprocessor design and cellular communications.
Fractal Design Core 1000 chassis
Fractal Design released their latest chassis, the Core 1000 is a compact case for Mini ITX and Micro ATX mainboards.
The new Fractal Design Core Series offers a unique combination of design, features, cooling performance and value. We'll start reviewing some of their product soon by the way.
- Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
- Optimized for performance in a small, micro atx form factor with multiple cooling options
- A total of 3 fan slots (1x 120mm filtered in front, 1x 92mm in rear, 1x 120mm in side panel)
- One fan included (1x 120mm in front)
- Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's vertically with anti vibration
- Supports graphic cards with lengths up to 350mm
- Supports 3x 2,5" SSD
- Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
The Core 1000 brings many features usually only seen in more expensive and larger cases. It supports long graphics cards up to 350mm due to the innovative, vertical and removable HDD mounting bracket. The front panel's easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots. Similar to the Define Series, all the HDD trays are fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets for optimal silence.
- 1 front mounted Fractal Design 120mm fan @ 1200rpm included
- Additional 2 fan slots available for optional fans; one 92mm in rear and one 120mm in side panel
- 2x 3,5 inch HDD trays or 3x 2,5
Brink Launch Trailer
AMD Catalyst 11.5a Hotfix driver
AMD Catalyst Driver 11.5a Hotfix Feature:
Includes performance optimizations and resolves various quality issues for the upcoming release of Brink
AMD Catalyst 11.5 WHQL driver download available
AMD just released their latest revision of their drivers.
Some of the New Features:
Hydravision enhancements for Eyefinity configurations.
- The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision is now aware of user created Bezels.
- The HydraGrid feature found in HydraVision now also includes as
First pictures Z68-mATX motherboard Gigabyte
More photo's from VR-Zone today as they have a picture of a mATX motherboard from Gigabyte based on the Intel Z68 chipset, due Wednesday.
The motherboard is based on the Z68 chipset, which Intel will announce on May 11. If you look at the baord (and remember this is mATX) it has three PCI-Express x16 slots (!). When we break it down the board has SLI/Crossfire support for two video cards in x8 mode, while the third PCI-Express x4 slot is present as well.
A total of five USB 2.0 headers are present, 10 ports can be extended to and controlled. USB 3.0 then, a single connector is available. At the rear this is complemented by four 2.0 and two 3.0 ports. Also one eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet and PS/2 port are available as well as 7.1 audio via analog outputs or through an optical output. For video output, a D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connection is available. The model has already been spotted in some web shops for roughly 140 euros.
AMD's FM1 desktop test board surfaces
The chaps over at vrzone got their hands on a photo of what seems to be a motherboard with AMD's upcoming Socket FM1. The photo is a reference engineering board so do not see that at all as a final production sample.
Vrzone: "AMD's test board doesn't exactly look like a retail board and it has a lot of test points for oscilloscopes and other types of test equipment. However, what we can see is that the board has native USB 3.0 support thanks to the internal USB 3.0 header so this is most like an FCH A75 based board. As it should be, it's a single chipset board, although it appears that the FCH A75 requires active cooling which is somewhat disappointing. That said, hopefully a larger passive cooler will be enough on retail boards, or at least that's what we're hoping for.
The board clearly has an HDMI, DisplayPort and D-sub connector and it should also have a pair of rear USB 3.0 ports alongside what we'd guess are four USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, six audio jacks and what appears to be a vertical eSATA connector. The slots on the board appears to be a single x16 PCI Express slot, two open ended x4 PCI Express slots, a mini PCI Express slot and a PCI slot, as well as a x1 PCI Express slot located at the centre of the board".
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CoolerMaster Sentinel ZERO-G game mouse review
The Sentinel ZERO-G offers everything its older brother already has, but is tweaked, optimized and comes with a few surprises. We again spot the cute little OLED screen, adjustable weight system, superduper link braided 2M chord, and upgrade to 128kb of memory and yeah, it is just a really nice upgrade to what was previously launched.
Read the full review right here.